Andy Bentley, collections manager for ichthyology at the KU Biodiversity Institute, has been voted as president-elect for the Society for the Preservation of Natural History Collections [SPNHC]. The organization is an international society whose mission is to improve the preservation, conservation and management of natural history collections to ensure their continuing value to society.
Presidential appointments at the society span a six-year commitment, with two years as president elect, two years as president and two years as past president. The president oversees meetings and is responsible for executing policies determined by the organization, and the president acts as spokesperson for the Society, among other duties.
At the Biodiversity Institute, Bentley manages the fishes collection of more than 660,000 fishes and 9,500 tissue samples.